PRESS RELEASE, 1/9/2019

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in death of 2-year-old Dameon Turner, Jr.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Satwinder P. Singh (DOB 9/30/87) for the December 30th crash that killed Dameon Turner, Jr.  Singh has been indicted on 1 count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 1), 1 count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 2) and 1 count of Failure to Stop after an Accident (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, Singh faces the possibility of 14 years in prison. 

On December 30th at approximately 3:00 p.m., Singh was operating a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck headed westbound on Hopple Street when he drove off the right side of the road and onto the sidewalk.  Dameon’s parents, Dameon Turner, Sr. and Brittany Hutcherson, were pushing Dameon in his stroller on route to his grandmother’s house when he was struck by Singh’s vehicle.    Dameon was transported by his parents to University Hospital where he died of his injuries on December 31st.  Dameon Turner, Sr. suffered minor injuries in the crash and Brittany Hutcherson was unharmed.

After the crash, Singh stopped briefly in lanes facing oncoming traffic and then fled the scene.  He was arrested shortly after the crash at the BP Gas Station located at 1326 Hopple Street.  Singh is charged with being under the influence of multiple illegal drugs including fentanyl, cocaine and opiates.  He was transported to University Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash and given Narcan to counteract the effects of the drugs.

On December 22nd, a Campbell County Kentucky court suspended Singh’s driving privileges after he was arrested in KY for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. The KY court also ordered him not to consume alcohol or drugs.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac commented, “The death of 2-year-old Dameon Turner, Jr. is a tragedy that should have never happened.  Satwinder Singh’s decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive impaired devastated the Turner family and shook our community.  I am grateful for the diligent work of our traffic unit officers and the partnership with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office as we move to hold Mr. Singh accountable for his actions and remind anyone who drives impaired of the life changing consequences for everyone involved.”

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Our hearts go out to Dameon’s family and we are grateful for the work of the Cincinnati Police Department.  This case emphasizes how horrible our opiate addiction crisis is in this society and tragically it has led to the death of a beautiful little boy.”